27 May 2015

Ministry of Education stands bus driver down

5:50 pm on 27 May 2015

The Ministry of Education has stood down the Auckland driver of a Ritchies bus which children say drove erratically and terrified them.

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Some of the 60 students from Green Bay High and Glen Eden Intermediate schools aboard the bus leapt off as it was still moving, in the incident on Monday.

One of the schools confirmed that one of its staff was on the bus, but would not comment further while it investigated the matter.

The Ministry's acting head of education infastructure Jerome Shepperd said they had taken action.

"It is our practise that when the police investgation takes place that the driver is stood down until this investiagion takes place."

Mr Shepperd said he did not know how long the investigation would take.

Police said the were speaking to both schools and would be in contact with the parents of one boy who injured his foot.

They said they would speak to the bus driver further, and it was too soon to comment on the possibility of charges being laid.

Ritchie's director declined to comment.